2 South African whites charged for forcing a black in coffin

JOHANNESBURG (AP) " South African media say two white men face assault charges over a video showing a black man being forced into a coffin.

The eNCA television news outlet reported that the suspects will appear in court Wednesday in the town of Middelburg.

The video shows a man, identified as Victor Rethabile, cowering and moaning in a coffin as one of his tormentors pushes a part of the lid over his head and upper body to close the coffin. In the 20-second video a man threatens to pour gasoline in the coffin. Another threat is to put a snake in the coffin.

The video prompted widespread outrage on social media before it was later taken down from YouTube Tuesday.

The Economic Freedom Fighters, a political opposition party, condemned the incident as a reminder of the racism that lingers in South Africa 22 years after the end of white minority rule.

The court appearance Wednesday is expected to attract demonstrations from the opposition party and the ruling African National Congress party.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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